Makeup for Men: 5 Foundations to Hide Skin Imperfections
For quite some time, makeup for men was considered a total taboo. You’d likely see foundation and concealer worn by actors on the big screen or television hosts and newscasters, but few other men would admit to wearing makeup or openly talk about it. However, much of that stigma has dissipated recently. Thanks to social media, and the beauty industry becoming more and more inclusive, many men are opting to wear foundation and makeup more regularly to help enhance their skin’s appearance.
Besides, why wouldn’t men want to experiment with makeup and foundation? On your roughest of days, a little concealer and foundation can go a long way and help to alleviate signs of fatigue, dark circles, and even pesky blemishes in a subtle and natural-looking way. Read on for our picks of the best foundations for men from Dermablend. No matter the type of coverage you’re looking for, there’s a foundation in their portfolio that can help camouflage your skin concerns in just a few minutes.
How to Apply Foundation for Men
Step #1: Start with a Clean Canvas
Foundation will only look as smooth as the skin underneath, so maintaining a skincare regimen is key. Before applying makeup, make sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed, hydrated, and protected with broad-spectrum sunscreen. Equally important is removing your makeup at the end of the day. To do so, try Dermablend’s Makeup Dissolver.
Step #2: Prime Your Skin
While primer is not a must, it can help to ensure your foundation stays in place over the course of the day. If you have oily skin especially, reach for a mattifying primer that can help absorb excess oil on the skin’s surface. It may be an extra step, but it’s well worth it in our opinion. If you’re not sure where to start with a primer, look to our priming guide. Try Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Makeup Primer.
Step #3: Don’t Rub
A big part of making your foundation look natural and subtle is to apply it the right way. Instead of smearing foundation every which way, gently tap it into your skin for a decreased chance of creasing and streaks. The warmth of your fingertips can also help to make the foundation melt into your skin. If you don’t want to use your (clean) fingers, there are plenty of stippling brushes available to choose from.
5 Foundations for Men to Try
Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation
This medium-coverage foundation boasts broad-spectrum SPF 25 to help protect your skin against harmful UV rays. It’s recommended for uneven skin tones, or those dealing with hyperpigmentation and/or redness. To help address these concerns, simply apply this foundation as needed and build up coverage as needed. All-day hydration and a lightweight finish are additional benefits you can expect.
Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation, $38 MSRP
Dermablend Intense Powder Camo Foundation
This sheer-to-full coverage powder foundation provides you with a matte finish while helping to cover the look of acne scars and other blemishes. It’s perfect for those with normal to oily skin.
Dermablend Cover Crème Full Coverage Foundation
If you’re searching for a smooth finish and all-day hydration, then reach for this full-coverage cream foundation. This product works well to hide birthmarks, scars, burns and even bruises.
Dermablend Flawless Creator Foundation Drops
Meet Dermablend’s beloved lightweight foundation. These multi-use liquid pigments are water-free, oil-free and weightless, so much so that you might even forget you’re wearing makeup in the first place. Thanks to the easy to use dropper, you can mix and match formulas until you achieve the right foundation shade to match your skin tone. All you have to do is shake well and apply. You could even add a few drops to your moisturizer to create a tinted moisturizer for natural-looking coverage.
Dermablend Blurring Mousse Oil-Free Foundation
For an oil-free foundation that fills in uneven spots, hides the look of acne scars and works with oily skin, look no further than Blurring Mousse Oil-Free Foundation. This foundation blends into the skin easily, and creates a smooth-looking surface.
Editor’s note: You won’t be able to achieve a natural, ‘no makeup makeup’ look without finding the right foundation shade for your skin tone. Before purchasing some new foundation, make sure you’ve determined your skin tone and your undertone!